By Nkiru Ifeajuna
Lagos – Pretty Okafor, the President, Performing Musicians’ Employers Association of Nigeria (PMAN), on Sunday urged the three tiers of government to give priority attention to the development of the creative industry.
Okafor told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the country was blessed with talents.
“Nigeria can be number one in creativity globally if the three tiers of government can constantly train people and promote creative arts.
“Government should also provide an enabling environment for creativity to thrive, both at home and abroad,’’ he said.
He said that Nigeria’s abundance creative ingenuity would have grown beyond its present level if government had supported it.
“We are number one in Africa and number three in the world but it is all about individual efforts.
“There is creativity in every home, every state and every tribe in Nigeria; we have no business being poor or talking about joblessness.
“In every Nigerian home, there is a creative person and we need to explore it to pay us.
“Creativity is a major resource and we need to harness and managed our creativity, which if well planned, will contribute to the nation’s GDP.
“The Federal Government must support the Nigerian creative industry through appropriate legislation, regulation and enforcement’’.
NAN reports that Okafor is a musician and a member of the popular pioneer Nigerian Hip-Hop rapper of the duo “Junior and Pretty’’ fame.